i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?

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Chantel - posted on 02/18/2009

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we use jarred mandarine oranges for my daughter (you can buy them in resealable containers at walmart for sure), i find if she has chocolate she cant poop we just give her the oranges and POOF withing a few hours we have a poop machine and it gets looser and looser, i try to give her two to four servings of mandarine oranges a day. My daughter quit formula refused to drink it at 8 months and went right onto milk, she threw up with homo milk but was fine on two percent, so maybe if your using homo switch to two percent as well, it might be too harsh on little tummies

Terasa - posted on 02/18/2009

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hey sweetness- sounds strange at least to me when i started for me but me and my family are all on a cows/goats milk blend- goats milk doesn't have the lactose that cows milk does it's used for/by people who can't drink cows milk-it's easier to digest

and i am actually thinking that the leaning to more use of goats milk and than lots of water through out the day helped out my babies stools

as others said vegies too but the move to more goats than cows and water helped my little one

all the best

User - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hello,



My little boy had the same problem, he was ok if he only had one bottle of cows milk a day but anymore than that he would get bloated, and irratible until he did a poop and he'd cry too. so i tried him on soy milk, or you can try goats milk or rice milk. Thats what i had suggested to me and so far so good :-)

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HAVE YOU TREID SOY? OR PERHAPS SKIM OR 1 PERCENT ? HER TUMMY IS PROBABLY STILL A LITTLE SENSITIVE TO THE CULTURES IN MILK...

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HAVE YOU TREID SOY? OR PERHAPS SKIM OR 1 PERCENT ? HER TUMMY IS PROBABLY STILL A LITTLE SENSITIVE TO THE CULTURES IN MILK...

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HAVE YOU TREID SOY? OR PERHAPS SKIM OR 1 PERCENT ? HER TUMMY IS PROBABLY STILL A LITTLE SENSITIVE TO THE CULTURES IN MILK...

Kyna - posted on 02/18/2009

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Yes, you can add fruits and veggies...even raisins or prunes/ prune juice... But, don't let this continue without taking action. It can cause megacolon, which can require surgery if it progresses. Your baby probably needs a safe stool softener...see your pediatrician.

Rebecca - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?



 

Jenn - posted on 02/18/2009

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I noticed, no one told you it could be a more serious issue. This isn't intended to alarm you, but my daughter has a protein allergy. She can't tolerate anything that comes from a cow. She was diagnosed at 3 1/2 mo. by a peds. gastro. dr. whom we were referred to by our pediatrician. I'm not suggesting this is your solution, but it is something you should consider. My daughter gets her calcium from a daily Viactive chew, and our family consumes A LOT of chicken and fish. It's just an adjustment and there are medications the dr. can give you to get your child back on track. I hope this helps.

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you tried giving her prune juice?



My baby is still on formula, but she had a little issue at 1st and I gave her 1 tsp of prune jucie for every oz that I gave her.



I would imagine it would work the same for your daughter or you could give her a prune and let her eat it.



 

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you tried giving her prune juice?



My baby is still on formula, but she had a little issue at 1st and I gave her 1 tsp of prune jucie for every oz that I gave her.



I would imagine it would work the same for your daughter or you could give her a prune and let her eat it.



 

Stephanie - posted on 02/18/2009

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Have you tried giving her prune juice?



My baby is still on formula, but she had a little issue at 1st and I gave her 1 tsp of prune jucie for every oz that I gave her.



I would imagine it would work the same for your daughter or you could give her a prune and let her eat it.



 

Ileana - posted on 02/18/2009

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I don't if this would apply but I once on tv about a kid that he would have constipation for a whole week and then it became worse and worse. It wasn't until he was 4 years old that his parents finally found a doctor that diagnosed him correctly. Apparently the muscles in his intestines did not work so the poop would accumulate until it would push out by itself. He was in a lot of pain, as he got older, the poop would not even find it's way out, it would accumulate for a month before coming out. The doctor said it was some kind of minor level of a syndrome and he was able to remove the part of the muscles that wasn't working and reconnect everything. The child was able to function in a normal was after a couple of years.



Of course if she just seems to have minor constipation, try prunes. Baby jars taste very sweet and good. The juice is too sour but you can buy in a dry form like raisins. A little every week has helped our son be more regular. One time he was constipated for a whole week. He would scream all night and day because of the pain. We tried medications, all kind of remedies...finally we gave him a huge cup of prune juice and a package of dry prunes...20 minutes later he was able to go without any pain!



My last suggestion is...could she have a little bit of lactose intolerance?

Jennifer - posted on 02/18/2009

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My pediatrician recommended Fiber One cereal, crushed to a powder with a rolling pin, sprinkled in my little guy's yogurt or applesauce.  I think it helped some, but the fruit juice seems to work best for him.

Jenn - posted on 02/18/2009

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You can try switching to soy milk. My middle child had the same problem and when she would poop - they would be huge and she would bleed (tmi - sorry). We tried everything - more fruit, fruit juice, prune juice, the doctor even prescribed her Miralax.



We switched her to soy milk and the problem went away. From my research, I found that some kids cannot break down a certain protein in cow's milk and it causes constipation. Here is some good information for you..... http://www.drgreene.com/21_106.html



Hope this helps. My daughter eventually outgrew this problem and drinks milk just fine now.



Jenn

Penny - posted on 02/18/2009

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When I switched, the same thing happened to my daughter. She would stand with her butt clenched and would just sweat from the pain it was causing her inside. She only pooped (with crying in pain) about once every two weeks. I listened to my stupid Dr. who said it was just a phase and keep her on milk and try prune juice and fiber. After 6 months of seeing her in pain, I took her off milk, yogurt, and cheese and voila! She pooped normally after about two weeks. Poops twice a day now. Kids do not need milk to survive and grow. It's simple, take her off of all milk products, if she gets better, you know it is the milk causing her pain. I give mine calcium chews daily along with all the good foods for calcium intake. They have liquid calcium for little ones like yours.

Good luck :)

Nadheera - posted on 02/18/2009

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loads of water n orange jucie will help n if u wana try milk of magnesia in milk can find easyly any chemist!

Misty - posted on 02/18/2009

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hey,



I would suggest you using fruit and fruit juice...examples are applesauce, peaches, apple juice is really good to!! then if you notice the baby's stools getting looser them you can cut down until you reach a happy medium



 



Misty

Darea - posted on 02/18/2009

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I just noticed your post but wanted to tell you I went through the same exact thing with my son going to the bathroom and no matter how much fruit he had it did not help. He would just scream! I ended up having to put him on Colace (not sure on spelling) which was recommended by the pediatrician. It is a liquid stool softener and made going to the bathroom much easier for him. After a little while I stopped it and he went fine on his own.

Darea - posted on 02/18/2009

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I just noticed your post but wanted to tell you I went through the same exact thing with my son going to the bathroom and no matter how much fruit he had it did not help. He would just scream! I ended up having to put him on Colace (not sure on spelling) which was recommended by the pediatrician. It is a liquid stool softener and made going to the bathroom much easier for him. After a little while I stopped it and he went fine on his own.

Yvette - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Kim:

Try putting a little karo syrup in your little ones bottle. This always seemed to help my little ones. However if your little one still has problems after a couple of days you may want to go to the doctor. Your child may not be able to drink whole milk.



True, but my pediatrician was very specific with using Dark Karo syrup instead of the light Karo syrup. You can mix a drop in with her water or cereals.

Tara - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?




my son had that problem.  I was advised to add some milk of magnesia to his milk.  That sometimes did not work b/c once he tasted it he would not drink the milk.  Now when he has difficulties I will add some Miralax to whatever he drinks.  It works well b/c it has no flavor.  I would only suggest a small amout since we are taking about a baby.  Hope you (and the baby) get relief soon!

Cherie - posted on 02/18/2009

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my sister-in-law has a 16 month old and she went through the same thing with her son. She decided to limit the cows milk to once a day and for her son's night bottle, she uses formula intended for toddlers. i haven't seen him scream/cry from needing to poop ever since.

Jodie - posted on 02/18/2009

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hi not that this will prob help but i no the feeling too well my daughter was constipated for bout 18 months she screams every time then got afraid to go and got worse in the end the hospital put her on 3 tipes of meds they tried every thing but it took time to work its not nice but keep talkin to her tell the pain will go it will past but u  r not alone is sooo comen sorry its not much help but wanted to say keep goin with what ever u bin told it works in the end.

Angela - posted on 02/18/2009

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My son had the exact same problem. We tried Colace (a stool softener) and it didn't help, we found that switching him to 2%, and cutting back on all dairy and banannas (apparently they constipate too) helped out a lot. The bright side is I hear they grow out of it. Ryan's nearly 2 and we don't have as big of a problem as before. You could also try "little tummy's" laxative. Works like a charm on days you just had to share icecream! Hope she feels better soon!

Vicki - posted on 02/18/2009

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Prunes and patience...my daughter had these issues off an on until she was 3.  We tried baby laxative but it didn't help.  I started giving her 3 or 4 prunes a day as a snack and slowly, very slowly, the condition improved.  She is 6 now and totally past it - I hope your daughter feels better soon.

Justine - posted on 02/18/2009

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try almond milk. babies and young children often have a hard time breaking down lactose, though they may not be lactose intolerant or have an allergy. almond milk doesnt have lactose in it but it still provides the nutritional benifits until she can handle cows milk. give it 2 weeks, and if you see an improvement, it may just be that she is having a lactose overload. in another few months, try introducing cows milk back into her diet gradually and you may find she has an easier time with it. hope this helps.

Melody - posted on 02/18/2009

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I put prune juice in my sons bottle..just enough to flavor it and add a little sweetness...It worked wonders.....

Holly - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hey...I had some trouble w/ cow's milk w/ my daughter...I didn't try it til she was closer to two. I breast fed her mostly. But even when I would drink milk and then nurse she would have trouble. She acts as if she is getting a bad cold or her eyes goop up. I think if you have to keep giving a baby meds. so they are able to eat or drink something...maybe you should take her off cow's milk. There are so many other things you can do that have to medicate your kid. Try looking at organic...I have my daughter on soy milk...it may be more, but it's worth it. There is rice milk, hemp milk and goats milk available. Look around on other sites and do your research. Your poor little one just isn't ready or dealing w/ cow's milk that well...so why let her suffer. Good luck

Amy - posted on 02/18/2009

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My kids are lactose intolerant, We have always used soy milk, by silk!!! If you stick wth cow's milk I'd give apple juice before the next milk bottle! Good luck! Amy G. xoxox

Whitlie2004 - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Nicole:

i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?




My friends 15 month old has the same problem, she put him on lactose milk he is doing so much better now, and he poops like twice a day!!!!!!!

Myra - posted on 02/18/2009

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Take her off all dairy, she doesn't need it if you nursed her and get her some water.  If she has to have some kind of milk try one of the nut milks, almond soy will make sonstipation worse

Bridget - posted on 02/18/2009

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Get her to drink water lots of it also more fruit with help with the pooping

Tara - posted on 02/18/2009

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I have the exact same problem with my 15 mo. old daughter. We got a softener from the Dr. but we can't seem to regulate it. So, I stopped that. Believe it or not, Mangos did the trick. We feed her some of those about every other day and it seems to clean her out plus she loves them. We also have given her pears and apples, the doc said they should help too.

Christine - posted on 02/18/2009

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My baby girl got extremely backed up from the whole milk.Our doctor switched her to soy after a brief hospital stay for complications to not being able to poop.She has never had a problem since and it's been over a year.

Christine - posted on 02/18/2009

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My baby girl got extremely backed up from the whole milk.Our doctor switched her to soy after a brief hospital stay for complications to not being able to poop.She has never had a problem since and it's been over a year.

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Our son is 13 months old, and unlike his older brother who has always pooped well, Noah has hard poops. Our doctor recommended the yogurts with probiotics like Danactive or Yo Plus Yogurt. He said there is science behind their claims. He also recommended raisins for snacks. So, Noah has a yogurt with probiotics for breakfast each morning and raisins for snack a couple of times a week and it has worked miracles! His poops are regular and quite soft. Hope this helps your daughter!

Kelly - posted on 02/18/2009

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She needs more fiber (add flax meal or wheat germ to her cereal or yogurt). Also, when my daughter was having some constipation my pediatrician recommended adding pear juice to her formula/milk. Worked like a charm. So, add pear juice or add more pears to her diet.

Audrey - posted on 02/18/2009

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umm, dairy is probably the problem. Try almond milk or rice milk. The aren't very studies about soy milk and children, so I'd avoid that. Cut out the dairy and see if that make s a difference on top of fruits, veggies and water... not juice. Jusice can make an angry tummy worse and really kids over one should only have 8 oz a day of juice if that much.

Imani - posted on 02/18/2009

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Hi you need to give her just as much fruit and vegetables as you do milk. The change in milk is drastic change on her system. If she's still eating baby food, give her prunes and carrots for a little while or water down prune and apple juice. Also, she doesn't need the same amount of milk as before, the cow's milk is heavier so it's not a meal like the formula was. So watch the amount, and remember to give her fruits and vegetables in between.

MaryAnne - posted on 02/18/2009

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 I feel for you, because I have been where you are today.  I don't know if it will help you, but my baby daughter is 23 years old now and she had the same problem as your baby. I kept going to her doctor and he would not help me or let me take her off whole milk, and it got so bad it was dry paste that we would have to help her pass. It was horrible.  I took it upon myself to put her on 2 percent milk and if that had not helped I was going to try skim or fat free. But you know the change to 2 percent helped her. Just that change made a major difference.   I would also make sure to give her fruits such as bananas, apples, etc.  too.  I am hoping for the best for you and your baby.  



 



Quoting Nicole

i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?





 

MaryAnne - posted on 02/18/2009

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 I feel for you, because I have been where you are today.  I don't know if it will help you, but my baby daughter is 23 years old now and she had the same problem as your baby. I kept going to her doctor and he would not help me or let me take her off whole milk, and it got so bad it was dry paste that we would have to help her pass. It was horrible.  I took it upon myself to put her on 2 percent milk and if that had not helped I was going to try skim or fat free. But you know the change to 2 percent helped her. Just that change made a major difference.   I would also make sure to give her fruits such as bananas, apples, etc.  too.  I am hoping for the best for you and your baby.  



 



Quoting Nicole

i put my baby on cows milk at 1 she is 14 months now and still has a very had time pooping. it breaks my heart she screams bloody murder.. any one have suggustions?





 

Amber - posted on 02/18/2009

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I struggled with this for two years with my daughter. It started around 10 months. What I did was but prune juice in her bottle in the mornings. That helped for a while, But when she was really plugged up, we put 1 tsp of magnesium citrate in some juice. That works almost immediatley. Don't use too much for the little one. We always have a bottle in the fridge for emergencies. We also switched her to soy milk which seemed to help. She did not have a lactose intolerance, but the soy really did help. Along with some prune juice. I know how sad and frustrating it is. I felt so bad for my girl. Also, I learned that putting them on the potty when they are struggling with a hard BM makes it easier for them to push it out. And that speeds up training too. My girl was poop trained by 15 months. I hope this helps, I struggled with this for years, and my girlfriend told me I was just obsessed with her poop. But after seeing them struggle cry and sometimes bleed, you have to do something. Byh the way my Dr. told me most of this. Hope it helps.

Celine - posted on 02/18/2009

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my daughter used to suffer from the same thing. we went to the doctor and they perscribed lactulose a small amount each day or as when needed as things improve as it maks stools very runny! but i have also found now as she is no longer on latulose that a small packet of raisins a day will clear her out with in 24h. hope this helps

Natalie - posted on 02/18/2009

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If you have a health food of natural store, get a bag of very fine fiber.  I had this problem with my daughter.  I bought mine a The Fresh Market.  I would sprinkle it into her food and she would not even know it was there.  It has no taste and is natural.  Good luck!

Robbyn - posted on 02/18/2009

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My daughters have the exact same reaction. I usually put a teaspoon of brown sugar in the milk (not white sugar!). What also works is if you mix brown sugar in warm water and let her drink it like that - natural laxative.

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